No matter where you go, the mere mention of Barbie elicits a reaction. People are passionate, persuasive and just plain get personal about their Barbie story. How could a doll get so much air time? Barbie is more than a doll. She is a major part of pop culture.
Barbie has gone head-to-head with top celebrities in People magazine’s “Who Wore It Best?” section. She’s also been a “Project Runway” challenge, inspired a bake-off on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," is consistently featured on Jeopardy and has been discussed on almost every major news outlet across the world.
You know you’ve made it onto the cultural map when you’re a staple storyline on “Saturday Night Live.” Barbie has also been parodied by her fair share of TV commercials, primetime cartoons, late night talk shows and celebrity gossip magazines.
A celebrity in her own right, Barbie has inspired Tinseltown, with several A-list celebrities immortalized in Barbie doll’s sculpt and name. Supermodel Twiggy was the first celebrity to join Barbie® doll’s extended family in 1967. Since then, the list has grown to include famous faces including Barbra Streisand, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez and most recently, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay (shown here) just to name a few! Barbie® has also appeared as more than 80 famous movie characters from Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to Katniss from the Hunger Games.
Many of today’s well known celebrities got their start in a Barbie® commercial including Mila Kunas, Christina Applegate and Maureen McCormick.